Actor and playwright Smith casts her reflections on the creative process, the artist’s life and the acting profession as a series of brief letters. “Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.”. Anna Deavere Smith is renowned for her one-woman shows, which have helped redefine modern theater. In her new book, Letters to a Young.

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Whether she’s writing specifically about working in the arts, or going beyond that to more general questions, she strikes a nice balance between offering warm encouragement and being no-nonsense.

It takes a lot of skill, human understanding, stamina, courage, energy, and heart to do that. We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. Other editions – View all Letters to a Young Artist: Daily Rituals Mason Currey.

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You know, all kinds of people inspire me. Oct 07, Lynn rated it liked it. Please enter your name.

Certain issues return at every stage: It’s also a glimpse into her life, travels, and thoughts on events occurring as she wrote the book. View More by This Author. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. We have to create our own standards of discipline. Sep 08, Jake rated it liked it. The revolution was over. You do write in the book about questions being essential to youhg artist’s journey, and that young artists need to learn to question. First of all, you can teach technical things.

I enjoyed the mix of practicality and nurturing.

Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith

A number of the students felt alienated and she suggests that they “try to suspend their personal feeling of alienation and look instead for alienation in others and offer consolation when they see it”.

At once inspiring and no-nonsense, Letters to a Young Artist will challenge you, motivate you, and set you on a course to pursue your art without compromise.

She addresses process, feelings, sociality of art, business, physiology, responsibility, joy, belief, and so many specific tasks and values. And I would say that the artist is a person who is constantly trying to recover that childhood. She has interviewed hundreds of people, famous and not, who do meaningful work with their lives or who have lived through life-changing or life-shattering experiences or both–a privileged white doctor witnessing the humanity and inhumanity at Charity Hospital after Katrina, a victim and survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Texas Governor Ann Richards prior to a procedure to treat her esophageal cancer and many more–and then she embodies them–body and soul– powerfully onstage.


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Anna Deavere Smith’s ‘Letters to a Young Artist’

Dec 31, ash newton rated it it was amazing. Your plays are so highly studied in colleges across the lettrrs, and I’m sure even internationally, Twilight, Fires in the Mirror. They have to outsmart the nonchalant ones around them, and at the same time endear themselves to the audience, the ones in charge.

Paperbackpages. In an interesting approach to writing a book of advice, Smith addresses a collection of “letters” to an imaginary young person who aspires to have a career in the arts and who seems to have reached out to her for guidance.

Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts It’s edavere a glimpse into her I just finished reading this but could already reread it. Who inspired you when you were first starting out, and who inspires you now? Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. It’s evermore important that I think the BZ’s of the world ask themselves that question, why am I doing this?